Phil Rothermich, Author at The Laugh Button

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  • New York Comedy Festival: “Nick Offerman: Full Bush” live from the Beacon Theatre

    It’s that beautiful time of year again when almost all the top comedians flock to NYC to take part in Comedy Central’s New York Comedy Festival. This year’s fests got started on November the 5th and span to last Saturday the 9th. With a countless big name acts coming into town, it only made sense for the hilarious Nick Offerman to make an appearance. Offerman took the stage last Saturday night at The Beacon Theatre to, what looked like, a sold out crowd. Read More

    Anjelah Johnson’s Bon Qui Qui drops a cover Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” for the benefit of cosmetics

    You know her, you love her, she’s Anjelah Johnson> aka Bon Qui Qui and she’s back with a new song, “This Is How We Do It (Benefit Remix).” The video remixes the classic This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan and for a brief moment transports the viewer back to the ’90s. Ah yes, the ’90s, what a decade. The video was shot for Benefit Cosmetics.

    Claudia Allwood, Benefit Cosmetics’ US Director of Digital Marketing spoke about the new video and Johnson’s contribution saying, “Anjelah Johnson is one of the most talented, funny female comedians… We wanted to bring this video to life with someone absolutely hilarious who would also be our creative collaborator. She wrote the lyrics and was very close to the production of this video as well.” Read More

    Laughing at Last Week: The Panda’s Friend

    One of the biggest stories in the news is Ron Artest or Metta World Peace changing his name to The Pandas Friend. So, on this week’s episode, Phil give you your very own Panda Friend name! Also on the show this week, Phil discusses Shark Week, Kate Upton, and Dogs on Tinder. Of course he then brings it all back to what’s going on in comedy! So get watching and keep laughing!

    SiriusXM celebrates 50th anniversary of “The Nutty Professor” by hosting Town Hall with Jerry Lewis at the Friars Club

    Photo: Andrew Toth
    Photo: Andrew Toth

    In the history of comedy, there are few people who have ever reached the level of becoming a legend. Most don’t achieve such a level until long after their passing. However, Jerry Lewis is one major exception. Jerry has seamlessly conquered the world of comedy in all facets. From stand-up, to acting, to singing, he seems physically unable to do any wrong.

    Yesterday The Friars Club in midtown Manhattan, celebrated the 88 years young super star on the 50th anniversary of his beloved flick, The Nutty Professor. While the show did start a little late (as comedy often does), Jerry was welcomed to a warm standing ovation. Jerry took a seat next to Maria Menounos, who filled in at the last minute for Al Roker as host. Sadly, Al was stuck in Atlanta but Maria did a fantastic job playing host. While Jerry has gotten older as time has gone on, his wit remains untouched. As Maria welcomed preplanned audience members to ask Jerry questions, Jerry was sharp as a tack and accompanied his clever responses with some fun face gestures. The crowd seemed to be unable to do anything but laugh. Read More

    Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” to run for six more seasons

    Comedians In CarsIs there anything Jerry Seinfeld cant do? His internet show (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee) has turned into a huge hit with comedy lovers everywhere. Seinfeld and the show had previously already agreed to do two more seasons bringing the tally to 4 and 5.

    However, just today, Sony’s Crackle and Acura (both sponsors of the show) announced a four season add on to those two season orders bringing the number to 6 and meaning the show will now run all the way up through a ninth season.

    Seasons four and five are slated to hit the interwebs this summer and fall. Look for them on and

    Watch Seth Meyers roast Time’s 100 Most Influential People (video)

    It’s easy to take a gander over TIME’s100 Most Influential People” and think to your self “What are they doing on this list?” or “You have to be kidding me! That person stinks!” Enter Seth Meyers to make your dream come true. Seth stopped by the “TIME 100 Gala” to basically rip apart some of the worlds most powerful people and it was hilarious.

    In other words, if you feel bad about your self or you’re tired of these people always being put on a pedestal, you’ll love this video.

    Deadline extended for Just For Laughs ComedyPro Conference to pitch your TV or web project

    JFL Comedy ProThe Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy & Arts festival is something the comedy community looks forward to every July. Particularly the fest’s final week where it seems all of the comedy community congregates to mingle, catch panels and participate in other elements of the festival’s ComedyPro Series. This year, perhaps you were very interested in submitting your next big comedy idea to either From Set to Screen: The TV Comedy Search or Pitch ‘Til Your Sides Spit: Web Series Pitch Program, well you’re in luck.

    The submission deadline has been extended by one week from Friday, May 9th to Friday May 16th!

    The ground rules are pretty simple too, you have to be over 18 and you have to pay 45 bucks for each submission. Then you’re officially set. The Just For Laughs ComedyPro series runs from July 24th to the 26th at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. If youre interested in pitching either a TV show or a Web series, checkout their Pitch your Project site. If you’re not planning on submitting anything but you want to attend the festival, click here! The festival has a great streak of solid material, so if you have the ability to go then you certainly should!

    Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts, Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler set to headline Inaugural Maui Comedy Festival, set for Halloween weekend

    Halloween just became even more exciting for the town of Lahaina on the island of Maui. The inaugural Maui Comedy Festival has officially been announced for Halloween weekend and it is chalked full of stellar comics. We’re talking Nate Bargatze, Hannibal Buress, Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero, Marc Maron, Ari Shaffir, Reggie Watts and a ton more will all be performing.

    In addition to the top notch performers, there will also be some awesome events taking place. There will be a live taping of The Green Room with Paul Provenza, a special edition of This is Not Happening by Ari Shaffir. Furthermore there will be live podcast recordings of Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler, and The Crabfeast by Jay Larson and Ryan Sickler. Read More

    Sarah Silverman to host new Jash and XBox variety show

    Sarah SilvermanJash, a hilarious YouTube page, is teaming up with Xbox Entertainment Studios in creating their very own comedy variety show. The show, which is currently untitled, will rotate hosts every episode, starting with Sarah Silverman in the pilot show. The show looks to use both big name celebrities and unsung talent to get huge laughs from you, the audience.

    Daniel Kellison (Late Night/Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Crank Yankers) will executive produce. The show is slated to begin filming in June. Read More

    Los Angeles comedy school sues NBC over “Comedy Playground” moniker

    NBC LogoNot long ago we shed some light on NBC’s new Comedy Playground. The idea is regular people can submit writings that will be looked over by top notch execs and could possibly land a show. Well, apparently their creative team didn’t spend much time looking to see if their name was already being used by someone else and now they could be paying the price. A Los Angeles comedy school actually trademarked the name “Comedy Playground” back in 2002 and now is suing NBC. Not only is the comedy school seeking damages from NBC but also profits and a court order to keep NBC from using the name. Ouch.

    Those with legal minds can read read the entire trademark infringement compliant.